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July 31, 2013 6:22 am

Fareed Zakaria Doesn’t Hold Palestinian Journalist Accountable

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Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian Christian journalist got off real easy when appeared on Fareed Zakari’s show, GPS, on July 28, 2013.

Kuttab was on the show to give the Palestinian viewpoint regarding the upcoming negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Prior to his appearance, Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, reiterated Israel’s support for “two states for two peoples, a Jewish state of Israel living side-by-side in peace and security and mutual recognition with the Palestinian state.”

The Palestinian acceptance of Israel as a Jewish state is important, Oren said, because “it means that the Jewish state is permanent and legitimate. We’re not interlopers. We’re not trespassers. We’re not a transient state. And it also means there’ll be an end of claims and end of conflict. When you sign the dotted line, there’s a real peace there.”

Kuttab, a Palestinian Christian whose brother, Jonathan, has played a role in the BDS campaign targeting Israel, spoke after Oren. He argued that Israel’s demand that it be recognized by the Palestinians as a Jewish state is “a slap” to his “fellow Palestinians who are living in Nazareth or in Haifa or in the Negev.” Such an acknowledgement, Kuttab said, “would add to the discrimination against citizens of Israel who are not Jewish.”

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If Kuttab is so concerned about discrimination, then why is he advocating for the creation of a Palestinian state whose constitution, approved in 2003, declares “Islam is the official religion of Palestine” and that “Shari’a shall be the main source of legislation?”

Shari’a, Kuttab knows, places Muslim men in a position of supremacy over non-Muslims and Muslim women. If Kuttab is really all that worried about human rights, then how can he advocate for the creation of a state that enshrines this supremacy in its constitution?

The fact is, Kuttab isn’t worried about human rights, but is offended by Jewish rights, especially the right to a sovereign state of their own.

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  • Joel Keller

    Two items:

    1. Anyone may own land and be a citizen of Jordan, except a Jew, according to Jordanian law.

    2. Abbas is now serving in the 7th year of his 4 year term of office.

  • Fred

    Fareed Zakaria dare not contradict Kuttab. Least one should remember these interviewers are extremely biased
    against Israel. You see some vile hatred spewed openly on TV without interference from the interviewer. Fairness in journalism is becoming a myth these days.

  • Lynne T

    ” Palestine will be alone in the world denying someone the right to be a citizen, because he or she is Jewish.”

    I am not an expert on the subject, but am fairly certain that Saudi Arabia for one, scarcely allows Jews to enter the country, let alone apply for citizenship and while there are very small numbers of Jews who remain in a number of officially Muslim countries,countries such as Egypt, Libya and Iraq, all of which stripped their Jewish citizens of citizenship and property rights, bar their return as anything more than visitors, if that.

    • Carl

      Correct. And there are plenty of officially Christian countries in the world where minorities including Muslims and Jews live with full rights. Take Britain for example, where the Queen heads the official state religion, the Church of England. Christianity is the official state religion of 13 other nations, including Argentina, Denmark, Greece and Norway. Yet only in little Israel, home of the Jewish people, will such recognition spell doom for all other citizens!

  • Let’s go one further, if the future Palestinian state does not allow Jews to live there as citizens, own property, run a business, but does allow other groups such as Christians, it is launching a country that is designed to be the antithesis of modern nation building in a global community…

    Israel allows Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Atheists, Arabs, Africans, Asians, and any other faith or race to become citizens. Palestine will be alone in the world denying someone the right to be a citizen, because he or she is Jewish.

    A further perversion is that Israel is not expected to reciprocate and evict all non-Jews, including Palestinian Arabs and Christins from Israel. How is this even remotely fair?

    I seriously doubt large numbers of Jews would choose to become residents and citizens of Palestine, but some would. Jews have lived among Arabs for centuries in peace and harmony, and there is no reason to exclude them from Palestine. If an Israeli or other Jew wants to invest in Palestine, make a business there, and raise a family among an Arab majority, perhaps even Muslim sharia governance, then Palestine should make them welcome and protect them through positive PR and security.

    Once Palestine and Israel are established, they will be integrally intertwined for commerce, arts, entertainment, tourism, and education. Each can govern their populations as their governments support. Israel will have a profoundly Jewish character, and non_Jews can choose or not to be a part of that state. Palestine will be profoundly Arab, and Jews should have the same citizenship and community opportunities. Together, Israel/Palestine, in confederation (perhaps with Jordan) have the potential to be world leaders in business, research, innovation, tourism, energy, and quality of life. Seperately, global investment will be nominal at best, and lead to vast differences between Israel and her Arab neighbors in all important economic and social qualities.

    • Yale

      Larry F’s heart is in the right place, but he gives the “P”alestinians too much credit. The whole point of their effort is to deny Jews collective and individual rights, in their homeland and ultimately everywhere. Abbas’s assertion that there will be no Jews in his “P”alestine is simply repeating what they have been saying all along.

      I have recommended that Israel assert a precondition of its own: that Abbas be required to announce that he is negotiating a resolution of all issues and not simply a rejiggering of land to determine the starting lines for the next war. The objective is to test the reaction of the Arab street. If they react peacefully, taking this in stride, then the talks should proceed. If they respond violently, there is no point in negotiating since Abbas, who has next to no legitimacy, will be unable to fulfill any terms he accepts, even if he intends to do so. All the more so if this is just another “P”alestinian ruse.

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